Call for Papers

The URSI AP-RASC 2019 Scientific Program Committee cordially invites you to submit papers for oral and poster presentations. All papers will undergo a due process of review by the specialists in the field and, if accepted, will be assigned to the appropriate session for oral or poster presentations.

Authors must submit either an Extended Abstract (minimum 250 words, maximum one page) or a Summary Paper (minimum two pages, maximum four pages) electronically by October 25, 2018. Each registered author may present no more than two papers. Papers presented at this AP-RASC 2019 will be submitted for posting to IEEE Xplore. In addition, there will be special programmes for young scientists and a student paper competition for graduate students.

Papers are solicited in research areas that broadly cover the Ten Scientific Commissions of URSI. Submissions under each Commission will be spread over upto ten convened session topics as detailed below. Authors who feel that their submission is outside the scope of the all sessions or are unsure about which specific session it appears to fit in, can submit under an open session. It will be reviewed and, once accepted, will be re-allocated appropriately to a relevant session by the Scientific Program Committee.

Topical Areas:

Contributed papers are solicited in following topical areas:

Commission A: Electromagnetic Metrology

Commission A (Electromagnetic Metrology)
  • A01: Electromagnetic Basic Metrology Including Redefinition of SI units
    Conveners: Yasuhiro Koyama, Gerard Petit and Ekkehard Peik
    SI units are fundamental to all scientific measurements and to metrology. Various electromagnetic measurement methods are essential for the definition and realization of SI units, and various SI units are used in all electromagnetic measurements. The SI is evolving towards new definitions of units based on physical constants. This session solicits papers regarding the definition, realization, and improvements of SI units in connection with Electromagnetic Metrology.
  • A02: Microwave and Optical Frequency Standards
    Conveners: Amitava Sen Gupta, Fang Fang and Marina Gertsvolf
    This session will focus on topics related to the new advances in the development, the applications and the frequency comparisons of microwave and optical atomic clocks.
  • A03: Advanced Time and Frequency Transfer Techniques, and Precision Geolocation
    Conveners: Parameswar Banerjee, Huang Tien Lin and Elisa Felicitas Arias
    Precision and accuracy of time and frequency transfer have been improving with evolution of advanced techniques. There have been extensive efforts to optimally utilize GNSS, two way satellite time and frequency transfer, NTP, PTP, fiber optics etc. to cater to the need for improved technologies. Precision geolocation is an emerging area that needs to be addressed to cope with the demanding social requirements. Papers that will address these issues including different time transfer techniques and related challenges and precise geolocation methods, are solicited.
  • AD4: Metrology for Wireless Power Transmission Solutions
    Conveners: Nuno Borges Carvalho and Naoki Shinohara
    In this session the main issues to be addressed are measurements and instrumentation for wireless power transmission and electromagnetic energy harvesting, including IoT and RFID devices. Papers are solicited for this session that would focus on these themes spanning from material characterization to antenna measurements and nonlinear active device components.
  • A05: Characterization of Electromagnetic Properties of Materials
    Conveners: Nosherwan Shoaib, Imran Shoaib and Satyakesh Dubey
    This session will focus on the material measurements and the associated uncertainty evaluation using the time and frequency domain measurement systems. The traceability of uncertainty analysis to the International System of Units (SI) is important to establish in order to evaluate the validity of the results obtained using different measurement systems. The papers for this session should analyse the permittivity measurements and associated uncertainty for magnetic or non-magnetic materials over the frequencies ranging from few MHz up to the THz. The comparisons between the results obtained from different measurement systems are highly encouraged.
  • A06: 5G, Massive-MIMO and Telecommunication Metrology
    Conveners: Nuno Borges Carvalho and Tian Hong Loh
    This session will focus on metrology for 5G, massive-MIMO and Telecommunications systems. Characterisation of emerging wireless systems become increasingly complex in today’s wireless environment, we face unique challenges of verifying that products meet desired performance parameters. Innovative test methods are required. Measuring the performance of the device with adaptive antenna systems creates test challenges. The papers in this session should review these problems and outline possible solutions for how to effectively measure some of these systems.
  • A07: Sensors/Antennas Metrology for Wearable Communication and IoT Systems
    Conveners: Tian Hong Loh, Rowayda A. Sadek and Pedro Cruz
    This session focuses on Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable systems. IoT and wearable systems manage and improve the smart era development, the services efficiency for better quality of life. IoT and wearable systems are typically characterized by inputs (sensor, data acquisition), outputs (actuators, data analysis) and data communication (wireless network). Many challenges face these kinds of systems; efficient data capturing, signal processing, communication among large number of objects. The session will include papers not only on the following tracks but also any related work as given in the following:
  • Sensors and actuators: Sensing material, sensor architecture, Impact of frequency of the electromagnetic waves in applications design, principles, actuator architecture, sensors networks, smart material applications to design antennas, sensors and actuators, efficient integration of sensors into smart systems, hardware platforms, operating system and middleware, software platform development tools
  • Wireless Communications: Wireless Sensor Network, connectivity, energy saving, localization and tracking; smart transceiver and antenna design for larger field of view, higher reading rates, physical layer and higher layers protocols; software platform development tools
  • Wearable and IoT Applications: software platform development tools for design and optimization; computation and programming models of networks; machine learning based applications; Testing platforms; Applications such as healthcare, smart cities, smart grid, etc.
  • A08: Antenna & Wireless System Measurements, Including Space-Borne Antennas & Instrumentation
    Conveners: Steven Weiss, Rajeev Jyoti and Subra Ananthakrishnan
    With the imminent advent of 5G and massive MIMO, calibrating the closely spaced antennas in compact spaces is bringing in major efforts from the best antenna designers. The calibration issues are urgent and important as well as difficult. This session aims to focus on this front line area. This session will also focus on in-orbit calibration of antennas in space, calibration of space environment simulations, space metrology theory in the context of general relativity etc.
  • A09: Millimetre Wave and THz Instruments and Measurement Techniques
    Conveners: Nosherwan Shoaib and Tian Hong Loh
    Now-a-days, the millimeter-wave frequency spectrum is widely used to meet the high data rate requirements for wireless communication. Therefore, various research efforts are being carried out to design, fabricate and characterize the millimeter-wave circuits and systems. However, at such high frequencies the device characterization is very challenging task due to instrumentation and measurement complexity. This session will particularly focus on millimeter-wave and terahertz instrumentation and measurement techniques used for device- and system level characterization. The papers in this session can include the results obtained using the time-domain and/or frequency-domain instrumentation and measurement techniques. In addition, the papers can also be based on different methods employed to measure the dielectric properties of solids and liquids over the frequencies ranging from few GHz up to the THz. The comparisons between the results obtained from different measurement systems are highly encouraged.
  • A10: Education and Training in Electromagnetic Metrology
    Conveners: Demetrios Matsakis, Yasuhiro Koyama and Steven Weiss
    Education and training play an important role in the dissemination of the metrology culture and in forming skilled metrologists. URSI Commission A recognizes the high potential of electromagnetic metrology in different fields of application and the need for appropriately educated young scientists is deemed fundamental. Many countries run university courses in metrology and/or electromagnetic measurements, including masters courses, PhD programs, and specialized summer schools. This session solicits papers to promote the discussion and sharing of information and teaching material, and to support similar initiatives in education and training in different countries with possible teaching cooperation.
  • AOS: Any Other Aspect of EM Metrology, EM Measurements and Standards
    Authors who feel that their submission is outside the scope of the ten sessions A01 – A10, or are unsure about which specific session it appears to fit in, can submit here. It will be reviewed and, once accepted, will be re-allocated appropriately to a relevant session by the Session leads.

Commission B: Fields and Waves

Commission B (Fields and Waves)
  • B01: Antenna Theory, Design, and Measurement
    Conveners: John Volakis, Andrea Michel and Debatosh Guha

    This session aims to present progress in the theory and practice of antenna design, measurements and their deployment in wireless systems. It covers novel antenna designs and their analysis, small antennas, antenna and propagation measurement techniques, active antennas, and matching techniques, as well as structures that enable improved antenna designs, including metamaterial-based surfaces and substrates.
  • B02:Computational Methods in Electromagnetics
    Conveners: Shinichiro Ohnuki, Qing Huo Liu and Uday Khankoje

    This session aims to focus on recent advances of computational methods, computational techniques, and their applications in wide variety of computational electromagnetics. Example topics of interest include: Fast, efficient and accurate methods; Integral equations for electromagnetics; Frequency and Time domain techniques; Numerical modelling and optimization; Multiscale and multi-physics algorithms; High performance computing and computer architecture; Platform effects and Machine learning, among others.
  • B03:Electromagnetic Theory
    Conveners: Ari Sihvola, Ismo Lindell and Jaleel Akhtar

    This session addresses the most recent advances in electromagnetic theory. It includes all aspects of electromagnetics, and all frequency ranges from statics to optics, including both time and frequency formulations. Of special interest are advances in mathematical and material modelling, solutions of canonical problems, asymptotic methods, guided waves, mathematical aspects of numerical methods, random media, and antenna theory.
  • B04: Optical and THz Waves and Applications
    Conveners: Tadao Nagatsuma, Shiben Koul, Goutam Chattopadhyay and Ananjan Basu

    This session includes, but not limited to fundamental optical effects, such as – optical parametric processes, harmonic generation, nonlinear wave mixing, self- and cross-phase modulation, and stimulated scattering and radiation. Particular emphasis is on nonlinear optics in guided geometries and micro or nano-structured materials, including waveguides, fibers, metamaterials and quasi-phase matched devices as well as wave guiding in material filaments. Applications include nonlinear wavelength conversion, continuum generation, optical solitons, nonlinear spectroscopy, pulse generation, stimulated radiation, wave mixing and mode-locking, pulse shaping, and other novel applications of nonlinear phenomena in novel materials and structures.
  • B05: High-Frequency and Hybrid Methods
    Conveners: Prabhakar Pathak, Giuliano Manara and M.Thottappan

    This session focuses on high frequency methods, as well as hybrid methods which combine high frequency methods with other techniques to solve complex electromagnetic radiation and scattering problems, whose solutions may become cumbersome or intractable by the use of a single method alone. An example of such hybrid techniques is the combination of any asymptotic high frequency method with a numerical method. The asymptotic high frequency methods may include geometrical optics (GO), physical optics (PO), uniform theories of diffraction such as UTD, STD, PTD, or ITD, etc., or complex source beam (CSB) and Gaussian beam (GB) methods, etc., while numerical methods may be based on integral or partial differential equation formulations.
  • B06: Inverse Scattering and Imaging
    Conveners: Lianlin Li, Matteo Pastorino, Shouhei Kidera, Uday Khankoje and Amitabha Bhattacharya

    This session aims to focus on Electromagnetic wave techniques, both active and passive and of interest to sensing and imaging related to security applications. Examples include landmine detection, identification of intruders, search and rescue in disaster events, vehicle collision avoidance, security checking at airports, etc. Wavelengths of interest include radio to X-ray waves, and UWB (Ultra-Wideband) signals to improve range and cross resolution for indoor and medical imaging. Some of these applications require super resolution and/or very fast computation for real time images with high quality and reliability. Theoretical investigations and studies aiming to other type of applications are also welcomed.
  • B07: Materials and wave-material interaction
    Conveners: Goutam Chattopadhyay, Chinmoy Saha and Bhaskar Gupta

    Metamaterials form a class of media whose properties emerge from their structural constellations. Research on these complex media within the domain of electromagnetics continues to be of strong interest. This session aims to focus on all new developments within electromagnetic metamaterials, fundamental theory, computational modelling, and applications in radio science.
  • B08: Novel Mathematical Methods in Electromagnetics
    Conveners: Kazuya Kobayashi, Yury Shestopalov, Satyajit Chakrabarti and Somak Bhattacharyya

    This session covers recent achievements in advanced analytical and numerical methods as applied to various problems arising in all branches of electromagnetics. Topics of interest include analytical regularization methods, antennas and radiation, approximate boundary conditions, canonical problems, fast solvers, gratings & periodic structures, guided waves, high-frequency techniques, inverse problems, imaging, metamaterials, nano-electromagnetics, nonlinear phenomena; novel mathematical techniques; numerical methods, plasmonics, propagation, radar cross section, random media and rough surfaces, remote sensing, scattering and diffraction, visualization of electromagnetic fields, waves in complex media.
  • B09: Advanced Antenna concepts including Antennas for RFID
    Conveners: Yahia Antar, Jawad Siddiqui and N Sarma

    This session aims to focus on reconfigurable, multiband, and wideband antennas for software and cognitive radio systems. Applications include specific waveforms and coding methods for spectrum sharing and MIMO concepts for high data rate communications. RFID technologies and related antennas are also of interest. Of particular interest are passive and wideband antennas for tags that can reach large distances and can avoid detuning. Overall properties and design of RFID tags are also of interest, including specific applications. Miniaturization and designs for different operational environments are welcomed in this session.
  • B10: Scattering and Diffraction
    Conveners: Piergiorgio L. E. Uslenghi, Giuliano Manara and Paul Smith

    The session will review topics covering the wide range of scattering and diffraction. Methods and applications will be considered including asymptotic high-frequency methods, edge diffraction, surface waves, and hybridization of numerical methods with high-frequency methods, and scattering from stochastic surfaces. Scattering from non-linear/anisotropic/dispersive media will also be emphasized. In addition, mathematical and analytical methods for scattering and diffraction will be considered. Specific attention will be also given to different types of illuminating fields, such as plane waves, rays, and beams.
  • BOS: Any Other Aspect of Fields and Waves
    Authors who feel that their submission is outside the scope of the ten sessions B01 – B10, or are unsure about which specific session it appears to fit in, can submit here. It will be reviewed and, once accepted, will be re-allocated appropriately to a relevant session by the Session leads.

Commission C - Radio-communication Systems and Signal Processing

Commission C (Radio-communication Systems and Signal Processing)
  • C01: Machine learning, Deep Learning and Signal processing
    Conveners: Ruisi He. Georgios Ropokis and Rama Krishna Sai Gorthi
    Over the last decades there has been an increasing interest in using machine learning and in the last few years – deep learning methods, combined with other techniques to create autonomous systems that solve problems in different fields. This session aims to focus on the following topics: neural network, Fuzzy logic systems, Data Mining, Game theory and Strategic planning, Constraint processing, heuristic search intelligent interface, Multi-agent systems, etc.
  • C02: Information theory, Modulation, Coding and Detection
    Conveners: Zhen Gao, Makoto Taromaru and Sibi Raj B Pillai
    This session aims to focus on the latest theoretical developments in the physical layer of telecommunication systems to improve their efficiencies (spectral and energy). It would include: Single and multi-carrier modulations, Source and channel coding, Detection and estimation, Interference and Cryptography.
  • C03: Cognitive, Cooperative and Coordinated Communications
    Conveners: Roman Marsalek, Sana Salous and Prabhat Kumar Sharma
    With the emergence in large numbers of wireless communication terminals and technologies, spectrum is becoming increasingly scarce. In order to improve the reliability and throughput of the networks, high accuracy spectrum sensing algorithms, such as cooperative sensing, are necessary.  Further, idle spectrum could be reused based on the monitoring and analysing the spectrum utilisation. Cognitive radio has been considered as an effective method to improve the spectrum utilization. Signal enhancement and distributed cooperative detection technologies can be used to improve the accuracy of signal detection effectively. This session aims to focus on Sensing and Sharing, Device to Device Communications, Cognitive Radio, QoS in Cognitive Radio Networks, Distributed Adaptation and Optimization methods.
  • C04: Distributed Communications in Congested and Contested Environments
    Conveners: Amir Zaghloul, Kumar Vijay Mishra, Sumit Darak and Prasanna Chaporkar
    The continued growth in unmanned, sensor, and networked devices is expected to drive the need for larger, more capable and more diverse communication systems. Among other enhancements, these systems must improve jam-resistance and low probability of detection to keep pace with adversaries’ growing electronic sophistication and must adapt to fast-changing operational environments. This session aims to focus on the following: network connectivity, sensors, reliable communications, signal detection with low signal to noise conditions, beamforming, spectrum detection, spectral coexistence.
  • C05: Resource Allocation and Heterogeneous Networks
    Conveners: Haijun Zhang, Yifan Zhou and Abhinav Kumar
    Along with increased spectrum   efficiency, spectrum bandwidth expansion and flooding of traffic through WiFi, deployment of heterogeneous networks (HetNets) is regarded as one of the most promising ways to meet the use of broadband mobile service in both outdoor and in particular indoor scenarios in the next decade. The concept of HetNets consists of a mix of different types of access nodes (e.g. macro cells and small cells) and technologies. Consequently, papers on the following topics are solicited for this session: wireless heterogeneous networks, mobile cloud computing, appealing paradigm, computation power, remote cloud, mobile devices, limited radio resources, battery power, communications capabilities, service qualities, HetNets and related topics.
  • C06: Sensor Networks and Applications
    Conveners: Virginie Deniau, P Rajalakshmi and M Shojaei Baghini
    A Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) is a collection of tiny devices capable of sensing, computation and wireless communication operating in a certain environment to monitor and control events of interest in a distributed manner and to react collectively to critical situations. WSN applications span various domains such as environmental and building monitoring and surveillance, pollution monitoring, agriculture, health care, home-automation, energy management, earthquake and eruption monitoring etc. This session aims to focus on WSN architectures, protocols, algorithms, WSN reliability and security, cooperative signals and processing in WSN/IoT, intelligent sensing applications, localization in WSN/IoT distributed storage and all related topics.
  • C07: Navigating, Timing and Positioning Systems
    Conveners: Yves Louet and T S Ganesh
    Reliable navigation and positioning are becoming imperative in an ever increasing number of applications that involve safety-critical applications, public services and consumer products. A robust localization solution, which will be available continuously, is needed regardless of the specific environment (viz., outdoor and indoor) and platforms (e.g. stand-alone navigators and mobile devices). This session aims to focus on: design/prototyping and testing of positioning devices, acquisition, tracking and navigation algorithms, detection and mitigation techniques under unfavourable propagation conditions, wireless and sensor-based localization, GNSS application for remote sensing, space weather effects, precise timing for GNSS, security and privacy, peer to peer positioning, indoor positioning, cognitive positioning architectures and related topics.
  • C08: Radar Systems
    Conveners: Daniel Kastien, K P Ray, T V C Sarma  and Kumar Vijay Mishra
    Radars are being used today for various purposes – from maritime surveillance, remote sensing of earth, atmospheric and weather monitoring from ground based and space borne platforms, vehicle detection for ground and air traffic monitoring through to purely military applications. There are several outstanding challenges in radar remote sensing of earth, oceans, atmosphere and space, associated signal and data processing and data interpretation. This session aims to focus on: recent innovations, trends and  concerns  in  various  radar  systems,  practical  challenges  and  solutions  adopted  in  the  following, but not limited to : Radar component & subsystem development, Radar environment and phenomenology, Advanced concepts in radar, Emerging radar technologies.
  • C09: Energy Harvesting for Communications and Associated Devices
    Conveners: Yvan Duroc and Georgios Ropokis
    With billions of mobile devices being used and deployed in the present and the near future, extending the battery lives of these devices has emerged as a key challenge in designing mobile communication networks. Perhaps the most promising solution would be to harvest energy from the ambient environment or dedicated power sources through wireless power transfer (WPT). This session aims to focus on communications, networking and signal processing aspects of energy harvesting and wireless power transfer in wireless communication networks. The related topics are energy harvesting and WPT models and learning algorithms, theoretical limits for WPT, simultaneous energy and information transfer, energy cooperation and relaying in wireless networks, cognitive networking with energy harvesting and WPT, detection-estimation-computation and signal processing under energy harvesting, routing and MAC protocols under energy harvesting and all related topics.
  • C10: Green Communications
    Conveners: Yves Louet, Honggang Zhang and Sumit Darak
    Global warming and climate change have been a growing worldwide concern. Six sources, i.e., transportation, power, buildings, industry, agriculture and forestry, and land use, have been identified as major contributors to the rise of global Carbon Dioxide (CO2). The mobile industry is seen as a potential enabler to reduce greenhouse gases contributed by these six sources provided that appropriate measures are implemented. On the other hand, the mobile industry itself will also contribute to CO2 emission through network operations, mobile equipment, etc. To meet the requirement of low-carbon economy development, it is necessary to reduce the operational expenditure or energy consumption of mobile networks, while maintaining acceptable quality of service. This session aims to focus on green wireless/wireline communications, green cooperative communications, energy harvesting and storage, RF power transfer, smart grids and all related topics.
  • COS: Any Other Aspect of Radio-communication Systems and Signal Processing
    Authors who feel that their submission is outside the scope of the ten sessions C01 – C10, or are unsure about which specific session it appears to fit in, can submit here. It will be reviewed and, once accepted, will be re-allocated appropriately to a relevant session by the Session leads.

Commission D - Electronics and Photonics

Commission D (Electronics and Photonics)
  • D01: Electronic Systems beyond Current Frontiers, including Flexible, 3D & Inkjet-printed Electronics
    Conveners: Siddhartha Panda, M T Sebastian and S A Ramakrishna
    Currently, people require higher speed wireless communication, higher accurate imaging, and new and complex applications based on IoT (Internet of Things) and big data. Conventional electronic systems cannot be applied for the future requirement of users. The aim of this session is to show how new electronic systems based on flexible, 3D and inkjet-printed electronics will perform beyond current frontiers.
  • D02: Microwave, Millimeter wave and THz Devices, Circuits and Systems
    Conveners: Kumar Vaibhav Srivastava, C K Anandan and Masayuki Fujita
    Intense researches on wireless devices, circuits and systems are focused on improving the read range, power consumption and the data rate of next generation of radio systems. For this purpose, the trend is to increase the carrier frequency from few 10s of GHz up to THz frequencies. The Terahertz range covers the range between about 300 GHz and 30 THz, with wavelength ranging from 10 microns up to one millimeter. This range has long been a gap in our technological capabilities to generate and detect coherent radiation. Modern generation methods include optical rectification, photoconductive antenna structure, quantum cascade lasers, and free-electron lasers. Applications range from medical imaging, short range and high data-rate communication systems, as well as over security applications. This session aims to focus on the latest developments in generation, detection, and application in the operating range from few tens of GHz to THz frequencies.
  • D03: Electronics and Photonics for 5G and beyond
    Conveners: Paulo Monteiro, Radhakrishna Ganti and Naokatsu Yamamoto
    5G, whose frequency will be at 28GHz band, is currently the hottest topic as next mobile communication band. In ITU (International Telecommunication Union), frequency band on 275-450GHz is discussed as active wireless communication band in future. For such a high frequency application, microwave and THz photonics is the key technology. It is an interdisciplinary field which as the name implies involves elements of both microwave/THz engineering and photonics, typically for the generation, transmission and signal processing of microwave signals in the optical domain. The aim of this session is to discuss new technologies and applications of microwave and THz photonics.
  • D04: Microwave and THz Photonics
    Conveners: K J Vinoy, S S Prabhu and Ranjan Singh
    Requirement of high speed telecommunication and networking hatch new applications and the new applications require higher speed. For the continuous requirement of high speed telecommunication and networking, photonic solutions are among the most promising and widely studied candidates for this severe problem; these solutions are capable of operation on signals at THz speeds and above, well beyond the reach of their electronic counterparts. Trending photonic technologies that drive the needed innovation in optical telecommunications include ultrafast optical signal measurement, low-noise and noiseless optical amplification, ultrafast optical signal processing, optical waveform generation, and microwave photonics. The aim of this session is to focus on the recent advances in technologies and applications of ultrafast optics and photonics
  • D05: Ultrafast Optics and Photonics
    Conveners: Guenter Steinmeyer, Kamal Priya Singh, Aditya Dharmadhikari and Bishnu P Pal
    In applications such as data communication, medicine, sensing and scientific research, the phenomena of interest occur on time scales too rapid and at throughputs too high to be sampled and digitized in real time. Photonic real-time instruments are the promising candidates for this severe problem; they are capable of operating on signals at Terahertz speeds. Two examples of these photonic instruments are bright-field cameras operating at up to Billion frames per second, and wideband analog to digital conversion operating at 1 Tera samples per second. Such photonic techniques lead to the discovery of optical rogue waves, and unprecedented measurement of the laser mode locking transients.What makes it even more challenging is that photonic-based real-time instruments produce information in the order of one trillion bits of data per second which overwhelms even the most advanced computers. Detecting rare events such as cancer cells in a flow or in transient spectroscopy requires the data to be recorded continuously and for a long time, resulting in vast data sets. Dealing with such data loads requires new approaches to data capture, transfer, compression and analytics.The aim of this session is to bring together researchers specialized in real-time instruments, optical bioinstrumentation, big data management, and high-speed signal processing in a single multidisciplinary forum. With the presentations of the latest developments, this session is intended to serve as a platform to promote idea exchanges, interdisciplinary collaborations, and technological advancements in this new and exciting field of real-time optical instrumentation with focus on its future trend and development.
  • D06: Photonic Signal Processing, Real-time Instruments and Biomedical Imaging
    Conveners: Hossein Asghari, Deepa Venkitesh and Hiroyuki Toda
    In applications such as data communication, medicine, sensing and scientific research, the phenomena of interest occur on time scales too rapid and at throughputs too high to be sampled and digitized in real time. Photonic real-time instruments are the promising candidates for this severe problem, they are capable of operating on signals at Terahertz speeds. Two examples of these photonic instruments are bright-field cameras operating at up to Billion frames per second, and wideband analog to digital conversion operating at 1 Tera samples per second. Such photonic techniques lead to the discovery of optical rogue waves, and unprecedented measurement of the laser mode locking transients.What makes it even more challenging is that photonic-based real-time instruments produce information in the order of one trillion bits of data per second which overwhelms even the most advanced computers. Detecting rare events such as cancer cells in a flow or in transient spectroscopy requires the data to be recorded continuously and for a long time, resulting in vast data sets. Dealing with such data loads requires new approaches to data capture, transfer, compression and analytics.The aim of this session is to bring researchers specialized in real-time instruments, optical bioinstrumentation, big data management, and high-speed signal processing together in a single multidisciplinary forum. With the presentations of the latest developments, this session is intended to serve as a platform to promote idea exchanges, interdisciplinary collaborations, and technological advancements in this new and exciting field of real-time optical instrumentation with focuses on its future trend and development.
  • D07: Optoelectronic Systems, Plasmonics, and Electro-optics
    Conveners: Bijoy K Das and Subhananda Chakrabarti and Mrinmay Pal
    This session aims to focus on applications of optical fibers, including optical amplification, propagation, signal processing, wavelength conversion, and switching applications. One particular focus is on photonic crystal fibers, waveguide dispersion engineering, fibers with multiple dispersion-zeros and possible applications in telecommunications, in particular optical switching in the optical event horizon. Another focus is on numerical propagation studies, improved methods for numerical simulation, soliton fission, coherence studies, supercontinuum generation and their application. Other subjects of interest include scattering processes, in particular Brillouin and Raman scattering, fiber lasers, fiber combs, fiber laser mode-locking and q-switching. Moreover, fiber-optical antenna structures and plasmonics are a current subject of investigation. This session is not just limited to subjects mentioned, but invites any novel idea that involves fibers in one way or the other.
  • D08: Microwave and Optical devices for Wireless Identification and Sensing
    Conveners: Arnaud Vena and P Mohanan
    Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a relevant technology based on communication and monitoring by means of reflected electromagnetic waves. Nowadays it has thousands of applications in numerous professional domains and more and more in our everyday life. The concepts and technologies behind RFID are rapidly evolving from Identification to sensing capabilities, which allow the emergence of cognitive devices and systems. This session aims to focus on the design of advanced RFID systems and devices and the new ideas and concepts in this very fruitful domain of radio science. It should cover the main aspects of physics and technology behind RFID systems. A special attention will be given to the evolution of this identification passive technology to passive sensing capabilities and energy efficiency involving study on material and nanomaterial. This session is open to studies on novel manufacturing techniques such as printing electronics and their compatibility with the realization of efficient radio frequency identification tags. This session also aims to cover emerging researches on chip-less based identification technology and higher frequency identification systems (millimeter wave, THz).
  • D09: Wireless Power Transfer and Energy Harvesting
    Conveners: Naoki Shinohara, Nuno Borges Carvalho and Heng-Ming Hsu
    Wireless power transmission is finding wide application in powering devices from low power wireless sensor network nodes to larger appliances such as computers, mobile phones and even vehicles. This session aims to focus on new applications addressing different charging requirements and operating frequency, as well as circuital and system challenges in improving the performance of such systems, such as increasing efficiency, operating range and sensitivity to misalignments or variations in load and power.
  • D10: Wireless Devices and Sensors for Harsh Environments
    Conveners: Arnaud Vena and M N Suma
    Environments subjected to high temperature, intense radiations, salt water exposure, or even in-vivo environment for medical implant are considered as harsh applications. To design wireless devices and sensors operating in such environments, researchers are facing the problem of high losses on the propagation channel, variability of the dielectric properties of the environments, use of specific casing to protect the electronics while enabling EM wave to propagate through. These specific constraints require innovation in the field of antennas, components and sensors in terms of miniaturization, tolerance to detuning and choice of material. This session is open to research works on devices and sensors making it possible to communicate wirelessly throughout a high loss propagation channel or to measure a physical parameter with a robust wireless sensor. This session aims to focus on designs operating within the full frequency spectrum from radio to optical frequencies.
  • DOS: Any Other Aspect of Electronics and Photonics
    Authors who feel that their submission is outside the scope of the ten sessions D01 – D10, or are unsure about which specific session it appears to fit in, can submit here. It will be reviewed and, once accepted, will be re-allocated appropriately to a relevant session by the Session leads.

Commission E - Electromagnetic Environment and Interference

Commission E (Electromagnetic Noise and Interference)
  • E01: EM Environment
    Conveners: Carlo Carobbi and Udaya Kumar
    This session aims to focus on the following topics: EM Emission characterisation; Modelling different types of interference; Near-field measurement of interference; Test facilities (CRBM, TEM cell etc.); HPEM, lightning etc.
  • E02: EMC Analytical and Numerical Modelling, Stochastic Analysis
    Conveners: Farhad Rachidi and Dave Giri
    The aim of this session is to focus on the following topics: System modelling; Numerical method; Stochastic and statistical techniques and analysis; Novel theoretical models and wave chaos.
  • E03: Protection / Shielding /Immunity from EMI
    Conveners: Anurag Mishra and Carlo Carobbi
    This session aims to focus on the following topics: Measuring Shielding effectiveness; Novel shielding solutions; Modelling and techniques for protection; Compatibility / radiation standards.
  • EFGH-4: Electromagnetic Noise and Radio Remote Sensing Applications in Terrestrial and Planetary Environments
    Conveners: Yasuhide Hobara, Sujay Pal and Subra Ananthakrishnan
    This session aims to focus on the following topics: EM noise and phenomena in the terrestrial atmosphere including upper atmosphere (ionosphere/magnetosphere); Noises originating in lightning discharges (ELF Schumann resonances, mesospheric optical emissions etc.); Atmospheric effects on interference at radio and millimetre wavelengths; Interference monitoring around radio telescope sites; Interference at lower frequencies due to HV/LV power lines.
  • E05: EMI within Devices, Functions and Components
    Conveners: Anurag Mishra and Chaouki Kasmi
    The aim of this session is to focus on the following topics: Interference issues related to power electronics; Signal Integrity and EMI of Chip, Package, and PCB, cross-talk analysis; Modelling of Electromagnetic Immunity, EMS, and ESD; EMC Problems in Mobile Devices
  • EFGHJ-6: Upcoming Areas in Interference and Interference Mitigation
    Conveners: Hanna Rothkaehl, Uttama Ghosh Dutta and Stefan Wijnholds
    The aim of this session to bring together researchers, engineers from all radio science disciplines to consider how RFI affects their respective fields, to develop mitigation strategies and to foster cooperation. Particular attention will be given to the impact of new and future sources of RFI, spectrum management challenges, and new technology developments. Recent progress towards the ultimate goal of being able to do observations with real-time mitigation of the undesired signals, while leaving the desired signals minimally affected, will be discussed. This session is also aimed to focus on:new mitigation approaches; innovative processing, smart antenna, meta-materials and new EMI issues in innovations; Connected vehicles, smart grids, smart cities, IoT, 5G etc.
  • E07: RFI Mitigation in Radio Astronomy
    Conveners: Subra Ananthakrishnan, Kaushal Buch and Tasso Tzioumis
    The aim of this session is to focus on the following topics: radio frequency interference (RFI) issues and their mitigation that are of particular importance for observational sciences such as radio astronomy, microwave remote sensing of the Earth, and solar and ionospheric studies, where highly sensitive measurements are necessary.
  • EACFJ-8: EM Spectrum Allocation and Management
    Conveners: Anjana Jain, Tasso Tzioumis and Jean-Benoit Agnani
    With the proliferation of applications using wireless solutions, spectrum management and its use have become real challenges because of the limited spectrum resource. This session aims to focus on all the existing works and the emerging new technical conceptsthat would create a viable approach to address this important issue.
  • EC9: EMC and EMI in Wired and Wireless Communications
    Conveners: Virginie Deniau and Yves Louet
    The session aims to address the propagation of signals and interference in wired and wireless systems. In particular, it is aimed to focus on the following topics: Intentional and unintentional jamming; Channel modelling, Interferences in Power line communication
  • E10: Emanations Security – Electromagnetic Leakage
    Conveners: Chaouki Kasmi and Jong-Gwan Yook
    The aim of this session is to focus on the following topics: Side-channels; Covert-channels; Fault injections; and compromising emanations/TEMPEST
  • EOS: Any Other Aspect of Electromagnetic Noise and Interference
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Commission F - Wave Propagation and Remote Sensing

Commission F (Wave Propagation and Remote Sensing)
  • F01: Propagation Measurements of Earth-Space Links, Fixed Terrestrial and Mobile Links
    Conveners: Carlo Capsoni and Animesh Maitra
    Current and upcoming satellite and terrestrial communication systems providing high throughput multimedia services benefit greatly from the use of very high frequency carriers in the millimeter and optical bands, taking advantage of larger bandwidths made available. The drawback of using very short wavelengths is the propagation impairments caused by the troposphere which requires to be addressed using of sophisticated Fade Mitigation Techniques. Mobile links operates in an outdoor to indoor propagation environment that requires specific consideration of the effects due reflection, diffraction, wall penetration and multipath. This session aims to focus on the following topics: (i) Propagation measurements along earth-space and fixed terrestrial links at microwave, millimeter and optical wavelengths, (ii) Effects of the interaction of the atmosphere and of the earth surface with the electromagnetic waves, (iii) Fade mitigation techniques, (iv) Indoor propagation (measurements and theoretical studies), (v) Mobile systems (measurements and theoretical studies).
  • F02: Propagation Modelling for Multilink MIMO Channels, UWB and 5G
    Conveners: Motoharu Sasaki, Dalia Das and Animesh Maitra
    Propagation channel modelling is required for development and performance optimization of the present and next generation wireless communication systems. Currently the research on mobile channels involves a variety of challenging topics namely, multiple input multiple output (MIMO), ultra-wideband channels, increased spectrum via millimeter wave propagation for 5G networks, network densifications, to name a few.  In order to develop wireless communication systems, it is necessary to evaluate them, design their coverage areas, and study interference between other existing wireless systems. For this purpose, a propagation model or a channel model which lets us understand the propagation characteristics is required. This session will aim to focus on research into measurements, analysis, and identification of physical parameters and statistical modelling of propagation channel in having and reliable, high speed wireless networks in coming years.
  • F03: Propagation Modelling and Remote Sensing in Complex and Random Media
    Conveners: Saba Mudaliar and Kaustav Chakravarty
    This session is intended mainly to cover advanced wave propagation and scattering topics and computational methods for waves in disordered media. Primary focus is on realistic models of practical applications in the areas of radio wave propagation, optics, and scattering in the free space in addition to other related inhomogeneous media such as turbulence, ocean, rain, fog, and composite materials. Studying effects of these media on the scattering waves would essentially enhance the understanding of the behaviour of wave measurements such as radar cross-section and propagation characteristics to improve the function capability of considered systems. Novel techniques of solving scattering problems in addition to analytical and numerical models describing complex media are of special interest.
  • F04: Microwave and MM Wave Remote Sensing including Interferometry, SAR and RFI
    Conveners: Sharmila Padmanabhan and C. Suresh Raju
    In recent years, enormous scientific and technical developments have been carried out to further improve microwave and mm-wave interferometric and SAR sensors. Together with many more operational and planned SAR satellite systems, this unprecedented amount of high-quality SAR data is suitable for a variety of applications. This session aims to focus on microwave and mm-wave remote sensing technique specifically relating to interferometric and SAR applications. In addition, passive microwave remote sensing is under increasing threat from unwanted Radio Frequency Interference or RFI. Focusing on Earth surface applications, this session will include presentations on the status of RFI detection techniques and future steps to be taken to improve the situation.
  • F05: Remote Sensing of Atmosphere, Precipitation and Aerosols
    Conveners: Tomoo Ushio, Luca Baldini and S. Suresh Babu

    Remote Sensing techniques, either applied to ground based, airborne and satellite sensors, are nowadays able to provide measurements of a wide variety of geophysical parameters able to characterize, among others, clouds, precipitation and aerosols. While ground based remote sensing instrumentation is able to provide geophysical parameters with unprecedented detail in space and time, satellite remote sensing has allowed monitoring of such parameters on global scale. Recent years have seen numerous accomplishments, such as, the design and development of new instrumentations, improvement of retrieval algorithms, leading to improve the understanding of physical and chemical processes at different scales. This session will aim to focus on the remote sensing of a wide range of geophysical parameters. Contributions are expected to cover progress in retrieval algorithms, advanced instrumentation, models supporting interpretation of remote sensing measurements, and ground validation of satellite remote sensing techniques.
  • F06: Remote Sensing of Land, Vegetation, Biomass, Soil Moistures, Snow and Sea Surfaces
    Conveners: Tullio Tanzi, Madhu Chandra and Dharmendra Singh
    Remote Sensing of the terrestrial environment in its diverse manifestations is a very interdisciplinary field which has become an invaluable tool for environmental agencies and aerospace establishments. The session welcomes contributions from the diverse areas covered in the session title. Both active and passive remote sensing methods will be covered. The papers may address recent developments in aerospace Remote sensing methodologies, data analysis, measurement campaigns, and target modelling. The session particularly seeks contributions from the aforementioned areas that emphasize the prediction and monitoring of potentially catastrophic events and changes indicative of catastrophic events and their management. An emerging trend which the session would like to bring into fore is the usage of autonomous system (Flying, rolling, naval, submarine, etc.) for acquiring knowledge meant for decision support. The session also encourages contributions that emphasize recent developments of multi-parameter sensors that employ polarimetric, MIMO, DBF antennas, waveform diversity and multi-static measurements.
  • F07: Remote Sensing of Cryosphere, Earth and Planetary Atmospheres
    Conveners: V. Chandrasekar and M Venkat Ratnam
    A global coverage of the extent and characteristics of snow and ice can best be acquired by remote sensing. The active and passive remote sensing tools have been used to study the planetary atmosphere in recent years. A host of new remote sensing techniques have emerged to probe the earth’s atmosphere that includes troposphere, stratosphere and mesosphere. This session will focus on new scientific results obtained by using VHF, microwave, and joint microwave/optical methods. Contributions are welcome on the topics that comprise physical models, retrieval algorithms, experiments, snow and ice products for climate change and regional comparative studies, and the use of data from advanced space-borne and air-borne sensors.
  • F08: Satellite Based Remote Sensing including Nano-Satellites
    Conveners: Steven Reising, Jaan Park and Tirtha Pratim Das
    The use of nano-satellites has grown exponentially to provide low cost and easy access to space. In particular, CubeSats were introduced in 1999 as an educational satellite platform consisting of one or more units “U” of 10 cm cubes. As of the end of 2015, more than 425 CubeSats had been launched by 36 countries. CubeSats were originally used as teaching tools and for demonstration of space technology. However, rapid maturation of commercially-available nano-satellite technology and fast  “fly-learn-refly” cycles have allowed CubeSats to produce high-value  science, including remote sensing of the Earth’s environment. Nano-satellites generally benefit from rapid development cycles from funding to readiness to launch as well as low-cost launch opportunities as secondary payloads on larger rockets (e.g. free non-commercial U.S. launches provided by NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative). In particular, nano-satellite constellations can provide rapid revisit times, e.g. for sensing dynamic processes in the Earth’s atmosphere, including temperature, humidity, precipitation and cloud properties. Apart from studying Earth’s atmosphere, CubeSat are the potential probes for planetary exploration as well. India’s Moon Impact Probe (MIP), flown as a piggyback to the Chandrayaan-1 mission (2008) is an example of a half-meter-class of CubeSat that had studied the Earth’s Moon from a close range, as yielded important scientific results of the sunlit lunar atmosphere. The session aims to focus on the latest technology and results from recent missions as well as explore new innovative measurement concepts utilizing rapidly developing satellite technology.
  • F09: Radar Remote Sensing of Severe Weather Conditions and Disaster Mitigation
    Conveners: V. Chandrasekar, Eiichi Yoshikawa and T. Narayana Rao
    This session aims to focus on topics that cover radar and other remote sensing based data processing methods for remotely detecting severe weather phenomenon of localized thunderstorm, tornado, downburst, and others. Furthermore, techniques for forecast and warning severe weather conditions to save lives and minimize damage to property are also promoted. Methodologies to improve nowcasting, flood monitoring and forecasting, wind shear detection, high wind warning and lightning potential warning are included.
  • F10: Remote Sensing of Climate Change
    Conveners: Madhu Chandra, K. Mohankumar and Tullio Tanzi
    Understanding and tracking features that relate to Climate change pose a fascinating challenge in the field of remote sensing. A substantial increase in the occurrence of severe weather events such as heavy rains, flash floods, global warming, widening of deserts, and rising oceanic levels are some examples of natural phenomena that are commonly attributed to climate change. Such features of climate change are also closely linked with several types of catastrophic events that warrant disaster management. In this session, we seek contributions that emphasize the use of remote sensing instruments and or their data for addressing these issues. In this spirit, the session welcomes papers based on active and passive sensors that either ground based or mounted on aerospace platforms. Despite the broad spectrum natures of the topics mentioned, the session seeks focus on the monitoring of atmosphere, weather, and terrestrial terrain so that the symptoms and indicators of climate change and natural disasters and their severity can be monitored for scientific purposes and in the area of disaster management.
  • FOS: Any Other Aspect of Wave Propagation and Remote Sensing
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Commission G - Ionospheric Radio and Propagation

Commission G (Ionospheric Radio and Propagation)
  • G01: GNSS/IRNSS based Remote Sensing of the Ionosphere
    Conveners: Tarun Pant, Raj Choudhary and Susumo Saito
    As a result of the development of space based technological systems in recent years, one of the important growth areas had been communication, navigation, natural resource monitoring and management, and space -based probing of atmosphere and ionosphere. These systems in space like the GNSS and IRNSS while addressing to our specific needs concerning navigation, present opportunities to pursue some important, long standing scientific problems/aspects using them. These include global and regional ionospheric mapping to address multi-scale Ionospheric variations, understanding longitudinal variability of low latitude ionosphere, accounting for Ionospheric effects on Navigation Systems. This session welcomes contributions on the following main topics: Ionospheric 2-D and 3-D imaging: Global and Regional Mapping; New Advances using L-band and S-band Observations; Longitudinal variability of low latitude ionosphere; Climatology of multi-scale Ionospheric variations; Ionospheric Effects on Navigation Systems and Radio Occultation based Profiling of ionosphere
  • G02: Ionospheric Irregularities: New Insights and Challenges
    Conveners: Amit Patra, Patricia Doherty and Brett Carter
    Ionospheric irregularities are a major concern for space-based navigation, positioning and communication systems as they cause scintillation on the radio waves passing through them, particularly at equatorial and Polar Regions. This session focuses on contributions on the latest technology development, monitoring networks establishment, and scientific discoveries related to ionospheric irregularities and scintillation.  This session welcomes contributions on the following main topics: Radar Probing of E and F region irregularities; Scintillations: Observations and Modelling; Space borne Measurements of irregularities: Recent Advances; Small and medium scales irregularities during low solar activity and Multi-instrument observations of equatorial plasma bubbles
  • G03: Ionospheric Effects of Space Weather
    Conveners: Giorgiana De Franceschi, Ashik Paul and Nicolas Bergeot
    This session focuses on the ionospheric effects of SPACE WEATHER particularly at low latitudes where the ionosphere can be highly perturbed and its effects exacerbate around solar activity maxima (but not only). Contributions are welcome on the multi-instruments monitoring of the ionosphere, theories, modelling and validation, and the development of countermeasures against the ionospheric threats affecting technological systems, e.g. navigation, positioning, and Earth Observations. This session aims to focus on the following main topics: New ground and space-borne measurements for ionospheric now casting; Extreme Space Weather Environments and Responses; Assessment and validation of ionospheric weather models; Mitigations of ionospheric phenomena due to space weather events; Progress in understanding Equatorial Effects of Space Weather; Radio Science for space weather including prediction services and operations on regional/global scale
  • G04: Innovations in Ionospheric Modelling and Data Assimilation
    Conveners: Seebany Datta-Barua, Sean Elvidge and Bruno Nava
    This session aims to focus on the recent major advances in sensitivity, spatial/temporal resolution, and regional/global coverage of measurements, as well as the development of sophisticated geospace modelling tools and data assimilation. This session welcomes contributions on the following main topics: Recent advancement in techniques of Sounding Ionosphere and magnetosphere; Incoherent Scatter Radar: Technique and Measurements; Reference Ionospheres and Data Assimilative modelling; Improvement and Validation of Ionospheric Density Forecast models; Solar Eclipse effects on electron density – Modelling and Observations.
  • GEH5: Lithosphere, Atmosphere, Ionosphere & Magnetosphere Electromagnetic Coupling
    Conveners: Angelo De Santis and Sergey Pulinets
    To the classical approach to monitor and study geo-hazards from ground, in the more recent times we added the remote sensing from space. In particular, the unique and fortunate circumstance of the currently orbiting satellites such as Swarm and CSES, with aboard very high resolution magnetometers and plasma detectors allow the best characterization of the ionospheric medium. Any contribution that shows the use of these or similar kinds of data to improve the understanding of ionosphere and magnetosphere processes and their relationships with the lithosphere and lower atmosphere in occasion of significant geo-hazards will be greatly welcome. This session aims to focus on the following main topics (but not limited to): Electromagnetic phenomena from space possibly related to geo-hazards; Satellite constellations (e.g. Swarm, CSES) to improve the knowledge of the ionosphere and its coupling with the geo-layers – below and above; and Possible physical mechanisms on the electromagnetic coupling between different geo-layers
  • GEH6: ULF/ELF/VLF Remote Sensing of the Ionosphere and Magnetosphere
    Conveners: Rajesh Singh and Ajeet K Maurya
    ULF/ELF/VLF radio waves, both naturally and artificially generated, find their wide application in remote sensing of the upper ionized space environment during quiet/disturbed geophysical conditions. This session aims to focus on the following main topics: ULF-ELF-VLF waves as diagnostic tools for observations, theory and modelling of extreme “space weather (e.g. geomagnetic storm, solar flares, etc.)” and extreme “tropospheric (e.g. cyclones, hurricanes, MCS thunderstorms etc.)” events; Results from the studies of high-, mid- and low- latitude whistlers; Effects of radiations from Up-ward lightning discharges (TLE’s) on the ionosphere; ELF-VLF triggered emissions and nonlinear wave phenomena, wave induced particle precipitation, wave-particle and nonlinear wave-wave interactions; and Schuman Resonance, Global lightning activity and climate change.
  • GOS: Any Other Aspect of Ionospheric Radio and Propagation
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Commission H - Waves in Plasmas

Commission H (Waves in Plasmas)
  • H01: Waves in Space and Astrophysical Plasmas
    Conveners: Xin Tao, Dae-Young Lee and Gurbax Lakhina
    Plasma waves and instabilities play a basic role in many processes occurring in space and astrophysical plasmas. Generally, they are the indicators of non-thermal distribution in plasmas, and therefore can be used as a remote sensing tool to monitor the non-equilibrium processes taking place in such plasmas. In additions the waves transport energy from one region of space to another, and also play important roles in acceleration and heating of space and astrophysical plasmas.  This session will aim to focus on present understanding of the waves and instabilities in space and astrophysical plasmas.  Among others, several important issues concerning shock waves, turbulence, plasma heating and particle acceleration, radio emissions from the Sun and other astrophysical objects, etc. will be discussed.  Papers dealing with observations, theory and modelling or simulations are welcomed.
  • H02: Waves in Dusty, Nuclear-fusion and Laser Plasmas
    Conveners: : N S Saini, Sudip Sengupta and Gurbax Lakhina
    This session will focus on recent advances in observations, theory, modelling and simulations of plasma waves in dusty, fusion and laser plasmas. Among others, dust-acoustic solitary waves, rogue waves, electrostatic turbulence in fusion plasmas, instabilities in laser plasma interactions, and wake field acceleration in laser plasmas will be discussed.
  • H03: Observation, Theory and Simulation of Plasma Waves in Lunar Wake
    Conveners: Satyavir Singh, Tomoko Nakagawa and Masaki N Nishino
    When the solar wind interacts with the Moon, the solar wind plasmas are absorbed by the lunar surface carving out a depleted wake region on the nightside of the Moon, referred as the lunar wake. Several space missions, like, Lunar Explorer 35, Wind, KAGUYA, ARTEMIS and Chanderyaan-1 have advanced our knowledge about the plasma process involved in the formation and filling of the Lunar wake as well as the wave phenomena in the Lunar wake.  This session aims to focus on observations, theory, data analysis and simulations of plasma and wave processes taking place in the lunar wake.
  • H04: Role of Plasma Waves in Magnetic Reconnection Processes
    Conveners: X H Deng, Surja Sharma and A. Retino
    Magnetic re-connection is a fundamental plasma process that converts magnetic energy in heating and acceleration of plasma. Magnetic reconnection is ubiquitous and occurs in current sheets in laboratory, space and astrophysical plasmas. Many space missions, like, ISEE, Geo-tail, Polar, Cluster, Themis etc. have advanced our understanding of magnetic reconnection and the effects of plasma waves and instabilities in triggering magnetic reconnection. This session aims to focus on all aspects of magnetic reconnection including the effects of electrostatic solitary waves, whistler, and lower hybrid and Alfven waves on its evolution. All papers dealing with observations, theory, modelling and simulations of magnetic reconnection in laboratory, space and astrophysical plasma are welcomed.
  • H05: Radio Science for Space Weather
    Conveners: Nicole Vilmer, Nat Gopalswamy and Gurbax Lakhina
    Space weather perturbations are triggered by plasma processes that occur at the Sun, e.g., magnetic re-connection causing heating, particle and plasmoid acceleration, in the interplanetary medium, where shocks and particle beams are formed, and finally when the solar ejecta impact the Earth’s magnetosphere. All these processes are characterised by radio emissions specific to each plasma process. Hence, radio science represents a key investigative tool for space weather phenomena including triggering, propagation and interaction. Both radio physics and radio instrumentation are conceptual and, respectively, experimental tools that are needed to provide a complete analysis framework. This session aims to focus on contributions of radio physics applied to space weather phenomena – detection, characterisation, analysis and forecasting as well as to ongoing and planned projects for space- and ground-based radio studies in this field.
  • H06: Waves and Wave-particle Interactions in the Earth’s Magnetosphere and Ionosphere
    Conveners: Peter Yoon, Yuto Katoh and Binbin Ni
    Wave particle interactions are believed to be one of the most dominant mechanisms for both acceleration and loss of relativistic electrons from the Van Allen radiation belts, as well as for losses of ring current particles. Wave-particle interactions with ULF through to VLF waves are thought to be important drivers of these acceleration and loss processes. The majority of these waves are naturally generated, but man-made waves from large communications transmitters can also play a role in charged particle precipitation from radiation belts. New space observations as well as advances in theory and simulation have led to extensive progresses in our understanding of the role of wave-particle interactions, acceleration, loss, and transport of energetic particles in the inner magnetosphere. This session aims to focus on the broad range of topics concerning wave-particle interaction in the magnetosphere and ionosphere. Papers on observations, theory, data analysis and modelling aspects, and related laboratory experiments are encouraged.
  • H07: Active Experiments and Radio Sounding of Ionospheres and Magnetospheres
    Conveners: Mark Koepke, Vikas Sonwalkar and Gurbax Lakhina
    Active (controlled) space experiment involves the injection of a wave, current, or plasma to probe basic phenomena, elucidate physics, and influence emission, environment, or precipitation. The session will review state-of-the-art science, engineering, technology, data interpretation, detection, evaluation, theory, and modelling of traveling, coupled, or stationary disturbances in the ionosphere and magnetosphere of the Earth and other planets. This session will focus on topics addressing recent, present and planned space-borne sounders, including disturbances produced in the near-Earth space environment by high-power RF waves, chemical releases, rocket exhaust, ion engine propulsion systems and other artificial or natural means. Papers dealing with observations, theory and modelling of previous and recent experiments or planned future experiments are welcome.
  • HOS: Any Other Aspect of Waves in Plasmas
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Commission J - Radio Astronomy

Commission J (Radio Astronomy)
  • J01: Evolution/Latest Results from uGMRT (Contributions and Felicitation of Govind Swarup)
    Conveners: Subra Ananthakrishnan and Yashwant Gupta
    Govind Swarup, the father of Radio Astronomy in India, left a career in Stanford, USA and returned to India in January 1962. Over the next several decades, he and his team designed and built several Radio Observatories in India, including the 32 dish interferometer in Kalyan, in Bombay, the Ooty Radio telescope, The Ooty Synthesis Radio Telescope and the Giant Meterwave Radio Telescope. This session will present a historical introduction on Prof. Govind Swarup who will be turning 90 in 2019 and take a look at some of the significant contributions to Radio Astronomy by Prof. Swarup and his group at TIFR and how they established Radio Astronomy research on a firm foundation in India.
  • J02: Updates from Existing Radio Astronomy Facilities – I
    Conveners: Jayaram Chengalur and Douglas Bock
    Radio astronomy has played a predominant role for more than five decades, both in terms of outstanding scientific achievements, and cutting edge technical developments. Major landmarks have been achieved for example in the discovery of the 21cm line of neutral hydrogen and its use in the study of the structure of the Milky Way, the role in discovering radio re-combination lines from ionized hydrogen (H II) regions, the discovery of pulsars, to name a few. Several Radio Astronomy facilities are either in the process or are planning major upgrades. This session aims to provide a platform for the exchange of information regarding the progress of these plans, as well as for each facility to provide an update on their current status as well as of recent exciting new science results made using the facility.
  • J03: Updates from Existing Radio Astronomy Facilities – II
    Conveners: R Ramesh and Douglas Bock
    The vast range of topics encountered in the pursuit of radio astronomy throws open very diverse fields ranging from the cosmic microwave background to radio galaxies, objects in our own solar system, and gravitation. These studies require functioning telescopes and facilities, many of which have been operating for many decades now. Some of these facilities like for example the Ooty Radio Telescope, have provided valuable complimentary data to space based observatories like ASTROSAT to achieve important new insights and breakthroughs in other wavebands like hard X-rays. This session will aim to provide a platform to bring together researchers working on establishing and/using radio astronomy facilities especially in the Asia-Pacific region and facilitate exchange of information regarding their progress and future plans. It will also enable researchers from each facility to provide an update on their current status as well as of recent exciting new science results made using the facility.
  • J04: VLBI: Current Status and Future Prospects
    Conveners: B C Joshi and Sergeyi Gulyaev
    With new instruments coming on line in the Asia Pacific region, there is growing scope for Very Large Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) between these facilities and the existing radio telescopes. While upgrade of GMRT provides a high sensitivity radio telescope for VLBI and geodesy, new telescopes are being commissioned in Thailand and China. Along-with the existing VLBI networks, such as the Korean and Japanese VLBI network and LBA, and antennas in China as well as the Russia-led Space VLBI mission Radio Astron, these facilities provide a platform for exciting VLBI science in studying extremely high brightness temperatures in active galactic nuclei, super-massive black hole binaries, new ways of probing radio scattering and scintillation in the interstellar medium, star formation and geodesy with both ground based interferometers as well as a space interferometer. This session aims to review recent developments in VLBI science, instrumentation and techniques with an audience of astrophysicists and instrumentation scientists in mind, while looking to future of VLBI in the SKA era. It also aims to bring together representatives of the community for discussions on collaboration for global VLBI efforts in these directions.
  • J05: Radio Astronomy Instrumentation & Techniques – I (Rcvr Systems: Analog/Digital/Optical Fibre)
    Conveners: B Ramesh and S Srikant
    Increased bandwidth, sensitivity and wider field of view are some prime characteristics for new generation of receivers on radio telescopes that are being upgraded or built, such as FAST, MWA, ASKAP, Upgraded GMRT, ORT and MOST, as well as SARAS, SWAN, ELI, CSRH to name a few. In order to meet these demands, there has been plenty of research and development efforts taking place in various labs around the globe. This session aims to focus on progress and advances in receiver and radiometer technology. Suggested topics include design and construction of cryogenically cooled heterodyne and bolometers receivers, receivers with LNAs at ambient temperature for traditional multi-beams and phased array feeds (PAF), radiometers, RFI mitigation using PAFs, narrow band filters, HTS filters etc., technology development in the areas of improved dynamic range, time response, spectral bandwidth, spectral resolution, compactness in size etc. Other topics covered in this session include calibration techniques for single telescopes, interferometers and array receivers. This session will provide a forum for those engaged in these activities to share their experience and understanding, as well as to address and discuss possible solutions to meet the present and future challenges.
  • J06: Radio Astronomy Instrumentation & Techniques – II (Data Processing: Imaging, Big Data)
    Conveners: Dharam Vir Lal, Veeresh Singh and Sanjay Bhatnagar
    Even after about 2 decades, the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope is still advancing, thanks to the “upgraded-GMRT” project. A near seam-less frequency coverage over 125-1500 MHz with new wide-band receivers has been built with an aim to increase the sensitivity of GMRT. The “upgraded-GMRT”, now an SKA pathfinder instrument, will complement several other new space and ground observatories such as ASTROSAT in India, 500 m dia. FAST in China, etc. which will all be useful for discovery in several areas of astrophysics. The future Thirty-Meter-Telescope and the Square Kilometre Array projects, along with the above instruments, will also contribute enormous amount of data that will need sophisticated processing.  This session aims to focus on the current trends, key results of imaging and its challenges, and big data handling.
  • JGH7: Recent Scientific Results on Solar, Solar Wind and Space Weather Observations
    Conveners: P Subramanian, Yihua Yan and P Janardhan
    Observations of the solar corona at radio wavelengths have witnessed somewhat of a revival of late, with interesting new results from the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) and the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA). In recent times, the Sun has shown an increasingly peculiar behaviour, with solar photospheric fields having continuously reduced over the past two decades or more and interplanetary micro-turbulence levels also having dropped in sync with solar photospheric magnetic fields. This rather unusual situation on the Sun will possibly have significant space weather and climatic effects and which can be studied using a host of ground and space based observatories. Imaging observations at cm and decimetre wavelengths are important in understanding flare energy release and energetic particle propagation and acceleration. Instruments like the Chinese Spectral Radio Heliograph (CRSH) operating between 0.4 and 15 GHz will play an important role in understanding these phenomena. This session aims to provide a platform for solar radio astronomers, plasma physicists, planetary scientists, astrophysicists, and radio scientists to communicate and discuss a wide range of interesting and exciting topics, including the recent progress of radio observations of the Sun, solar wind, and planets, spacecraft measurements, data processing, theories, new technologies and much more.
  • J08: Recent Scientific Results on Galactic, Extra-Galactic, Star Formation, Transients
    Conveners: Ishwar Chandra and Kenta Fujisawa
    Recent years have seen major improvements in imaging the radio sky. In addition to the existing major radio telescopes such as ALMA, JVLA, GMRT, LOFAR and MWA, new facilities are also begun operational. In India, the existing Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) has just finished major upgrade with huge improvement in the sensitivity. MeerKAT in South Africa has just begun operational and in Australia ASKAP is beginning to image radio sky. In this session, updates from all major observatories and exciting science results from both existing and new facilities would be presented. This session also should enable collaboration among scientists.
  • J09: The Early Universe (EoR Experiments and Related Results)
    Conveners: Abhirup Dutta and Tirthankar Roy Choudhury
    This session aims to provide an update on the study of early universe at radio wavelengths. Study of Cosmic Dark Ages, Cosmic Dawn and Epoch of Re-ionization with the redshifted 21cm signal (redshift > 8) is a major probe to this last frontier of structure formation history. Several ongoing and upcoming radio telescopes are partially or fully dedicated to conduct crucial observations in this field. Major telescopes like the GMRT, LOFAR, MWA, 21CMA, PAPER have been used to observe the fluctuations of redshifted HI 21cm signal from these early epochs of formation of the Universe. Lessons learnt from these experiments forms an essential component of future observations with upcoming telescopes like the uGMRT, SKA and HERA. Similarly, all-sky averaged 21cm signal forms the major science goal another set of radio experiments like the EDGES, SWAN, BIGHORNS, etc. Moreover, the same probe is also utilised to study the evolution of the neutral hydrogen in later redshifts. Such observations about the HI intensity mapping forms major science goal of experiments like TIANLAI, CHIME and SKA.
  • J10: Future Radio Astronomy Facilities (including Square Kilometre Array)
    Conveners: Divya Oberoi and Ramesh Bhat
    These are exciting time for the field of radio astronomy. Recent and continuing technological advances on multiple fronts have been leading to ever more ambitious and capable telescopes. These telescopes span the entire range from THz to the lowest frequencies able to penetrate the ionosphere and will enable transformative science. This session aims to provide a platform for updates from single dish and interferometric facilities across the world which are currently being designed or at various stages of development and commissioning. These facilities include, but are not limited to, the SKA and its precursors, FAST, CHIME, LOFAR2.0 and ngVLA.
  • JOS: Any Other Aspect of Radio Astronomy
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Commission K - Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine

Commission K (Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine)
  • K01: Biological Effects and Related Mechanisms of EMF Exposure
    Conveners: Paulraj Rajamani and Lars Ole Fiche
    Ever increasing electromagnetic radiation exposure creates concern among the general public. This session aims to mainly focus on effect of radiofrequency and microwave radiation in in-vivo and in-vitro systems.  Special emphasis will be of health implication of electromagnetic radiation emanating from mobile phones, base stations and domestic as well as industrial microwave appliances.  It also covers wider aspects of the interactive mechanisms of EMF exposure at cellular and molecular level.  It may also address the acute and prolonged exposure of EMF and its effects on living system.
  • K02: Exposure Assessment and Health Risk Analysis
    Conveners: Masao Taki and Ae-Kyoung Lee
    The increasing use of RF wireless communication system is supported by complex and agile technologies and network architectures. It has also induced large variability of usages. The management of such complexity has requested approaches environmental exposure assessment and dosimetry. This session aims to focus on the recent progress of exposure assessment with experimental and numerical approach and of health risk analysis including epidemiological study.
  • K03: Numerical and Experimental Dosimetry
    Conveners: J Behari and Tomoaki Nagaoka
    Electromagnetic field (EMF) dosimetry has become increasingly important as radio wave techniques has developed. Accurate dosimetry represents an essential element in determining the biological effects of EMFs. In recent years, dosimetric technique has dramatically improved. This session aims to focus on with numerical and experimental dosimetry in humans or animals for EMF exposure and share latest dosimetric studies.
  • K04: EMF Standards, Compliance Assessment, and Health Protection
    Conveners: Joe Wiart and Junji Higashiyama
    This session aims to focus on EMF standards, compliance assessments, and health protection regarding the human exposure from RF sources using new wireless technologies like Massive MIMO and/or the frequencies including over 6 GHz where power density will be applied as measure for the EMF compliance check in the international guidelines. The recent advances in the EMF dosimetry for compliance assessments are one of the most important topics in this session, and EMF standards for the compliance procedures of EMF applications are also another important issue in this session.
  • K05: Exposure from Wireless Power Transfer Technologies
    Conveners: Jerdvisanop Chakarothai and Valerio De Santis
    Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) has recently attracted attentions from many researchers and engineers in various fields of applications, such as automotive, medical, agricultural, etc., with the expectation to become a common technology of practical use. Safety issues should be investigated prior to the introduction to daily lives. This session aims to focus on the interaction of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) emitted from WPT systems with human body or medical equipment and EMF reduction technologies of WPT systems as well. Exposure assessment from microwave WPT systems, which basically use the RF frequencies, will also be considered in this session to share research activities in this intricate field.
  • K06: EM Biomedical Imaging and Detection
    Convener: Puyan Mojabi and Kazuyuki Saito

    This session is devoted to non-ionizing electromagnetic (and hybrid-electromagnetic) systems for biomedical imaging and detection applications such as breast imaging and brain imaging. These systems may operate from very low frequencies all the way up to optical frequencies. Examples include electrical impedance tomography, microwave imaging, near-infrared tomography, and THz imaging. Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to, image reconstruction algorithms and experimental results from laboratory and clinical imaging systems.
  • K07: Biomedical Applications of EMF
    Conveners: R Mathur, Masaki Sekino and Seong-Ho Son
    Biomedical applications of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) have been widely studied for medicine and basic research. This session focuses on topics in recent advances in biomedical applications. The topics include transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), deep brain stimulation (DBS), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), regenerative medicine, and other diagnostic and therapeutic applications using electromagnetic techniques. The brain-machine interface, remote healthcare systems, and other biomedical applications are also discussed. Assessments and safety aspects of EMF exposures of the biomedical applications are also focused.
  • K08: Wearable Antennas and Devices
    Conveners: Zhi Hao Jiang and Ping Jack Soh
    The emergence of Wireless Body Area Networks (WBAN) for applications in healthcare and medical monitoring, emergency response, search and rescue, military, etc. have triggered an extensive research effort into utilizing conformal material alternatives towards realizing a fully-worn system setup. However, placement of such radiating structures in close-proximity to the human users poses various challenges, especially when a reliable link is needed for a biomedical monitoring system, for instance. The performance parameters of antennas and electronic devices are expected to be affected by the loading and absorption due to the presence of human body. Several techniques alleviating this includes the use of ferrites, electromagnetic band gap structures (EBG), and resistive sheets. The aim of this session is to present state-of-the art research related to wearable antennas and devices.
  • K09: Measurement and Applications of Dielectric Spectroscopy
    Conveners: Kensuke Sasaki and Sina Hashemi Zadeh
    This session is devoted to the dielectric measurement of biological tissues/organs and other related materials from very low frequencies all the way up to the THz region. Dielectric characterization of tissues is fundamental for the development of biomedical applications and is also essential for EMF exposure assessment. Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to, dielectric spectroscopy applications, such as biosensor and diagnosis technologies.
  • KE10: EMC in Biomedical Applications
    Conveners: Jianqing Wang and Takashi Hikage
    Modern medical technology combines different engineering, scientific, and medical knowledge to a field of activity which is indispensable for the health industry. Electromagnetic interference and immunity problems between the medical instrument or devices and external electromagnetic fields are causing much attention, and solving the EMC problems is urgent for safe use of the medical instrument or devices without malfunction. This session welcomes submissions from the medical-instrument sector with EMC-related aspects of electronic systems, wearable sensors, implant devices and other related issues.
  • KOS: Any Other Aspect of Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine
    Authors who feel that their submission is outside the scope of the ten sessions K01 – KE10, or are unsure about which specific session it appears to fit in, can submit here. It will be reviewed and, once accepted, will be re-allocated appropriately to a relevant session by the Session leads.